Study Guide

To the Lighthouse Admiration

By Virginia Woolf


Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay are both well-admired in their respective fields. Mr. Ramsay tends to be followed around by young philosophy students who admire his work, and although Mrs. Ramsay shuns admiration, most people admire her beauty and grace.

Questions About Admiration

  1. Does Mr. Tansley ever deviate from his admiration of Mr. Ramsay?
  2. Does Mrs. Ramsay admire Lily?
  3. Why does Lily admire Mrs. Ramsay and yet consciously go against Mrs. Ramsay’s wishes?
  4. Why does William Bankes admire Mrs. Ramsay?

Chew on This

Lily’s admiration for Mrs. Ramsay rests on respect for Mrs. Ramsay’s ability to lead a life that Lily could never lead.